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Embarking on a motorhome journey across the diverse landscapes of the USA promises an incredible adventure. The flexibility of a motorhome allows you to explore at your own pace, embracing the freedom of the open road while having the comforts of home at your disposal. Among the destinations that stand out are America's National Parks, each showcasing a unique facet of the country's vast natural beauty, each preserving some of the country's most awe-inspiring natural treasures.

From the tranquil giant sequoias of Yosemite to the predictable eruption of Old Faithful at Yellowstone to the awe-inspiring views along the rim of the Grand Canyon, the National Parks protect an array of stunning natural sights. Hike through volcanic craters, painted deserts, carved canyons, thundering waterfalls and more phenomenal landscapes. With the autonomy of a motorhome, you can tailor scenic stops to specific interests and enjoy the convenience of accommodation each night.

Our unforgettable American motorhome holiday over 22 days takes you through the heart of these pristine wilderness areas, providing a blend of awe-inspiring scenery and the freedom of the open road. Here, we delve into the top national parks featured in this motorhome holiday package, providing a glimpse into what makes each of these places a must-visit.

Visit the National Parks featured in this blog on our America's National Parks independent motorhome tour.

Grand Canyon National Park

The Grand Canyon, carved over millennia by the Colorado River, stands as a testament to the enduring forces of nature. Spanning 277 miles in length, up to 18 miles in width, and reaching depths of over a mile, it's a colossal wonder that captivates visitors with its intricate and colourful landscapes. A blend of educational, adventurous, and tranquil experiences, it is an essential stop on your motorhome adventure through America's national parks.

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The South Rim, open year-round, is the most accessible and visited part of the Grand Canyon. The nearby town of Tusayan is a gateway for many visitors. It's a short drive from here to the park's main entrance. The North Rim, open from May to October, is more remote and accessed from Jacob Lake. Motorhome parking is available at designated lots within the park, with the Grand Canyon Village area providing ample parking space.

Hiking Trails like Bright Angel and South Kaibab offer varying levels of difficulty with breathtaking views of the canyon.

Scenic Drives Hermit Road and Desert View Drive provide stunning vistas and multiple overlooks.

Mule Rides A traditional way to descend into the canyon, offering a unique perspective.

River Rafting For the adventurous, rafting the Colorado River is an exhilarating experience.

Campgrounds like Mather Campground and Trailer Village RV Park offer spaces for motorhomes, with reservations recommended, especially during peak season.

Havasu Falls
  • The canyon reveals nearly two billion years of Earth's geological history.
  • Havasu Falls (pictured above), a lesser-visited area, is famous for its blue-green waterfalls.

Sunrise and sunset views are spectacular from Mather Point and Yavapai Observation Station.

It's advisable to book campgrounds and other activities well in advance.

Stay on designated trails and keep a safe distance from the edge.

Adequate hydration and sun protection are crucial.

Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park is a fascinating nearby destination, showcasing the colourful remnants of a prehistoric forest.

Zion National Park

Zion National Park, situated in Utah's southwestern corner, is a sanctuary of diverse ecosystems, dramatic cliffs, and serene valleys. The park's majestic red and pink cliffs tower over the landscape, offering a dramatic backdrop to an array of outdoor activities.

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The nearby town of Springdale serves as a gateway to Zion National Park. The park's main entrance is just a short drive from town, making it a convenient access point. Motorhome parking is available in the town of Springdale, with a free shuttle service running to the park. Inside the park, the Zion Canyon Shuttle stops at various points of interest.

Hiking Trails like Angel's Landing and The Narrows offer adventurous hikes with breathtaking views.

Scenic Drives The Zion-Mount Carmel Highway and Kolob Terrace Road provide stunning vistas of the park's diverse landscapes.

Rock Climbing The park's towering cliffs offer numerous climbing routes.

Wildlife Viewing Spot diverse wildlife, including mule deer, bighorn sheep, and over 200 species of birds.

The Watchman Campground and South Campground offer spaces for motorhomes. Reservations are recommended, especially during peak seasons. Nearby Springdale provides additional accommodation and dining options.

  • The Kolob Canyons area is less visited but offers stunning scenery and quiet hiking trails.
  • The park has over 90 species of plants found nowhere else in Utah.

The Zion Canyon Shuttle provides easy access to trailheads and scenic stops, reducing the hassle of parking.

Spring and fall are considered the best times to visit due to milder weather.

Check weather forecasts before hiking, especially in The Narrows, to avoid flash floods.

Stay on designated trails to prevent erosion and ensure personal safety.

Observation Point
  • Observation Point (pictured above) offers panoramic views of Zion Canyon.
  • Court of the Patriarchs is an excellent spot for photography, especially in the early morning light.

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park, located in southern Utah, is renowned for its otherworldly landscape of hoodoos, spire-shaped rock formations that captivate visitors. The park's high elevation provides a cooler climate and exceptional stargazing opportunities, given its designation as a Dark Sky Park. Bryce Canyon National Park offers a blend of mystical landscapes and outdoor adventures, making it a distinct and memorable stop on your motorhome journey through America's national parks.

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The park is accessible via Highway 63, with the nearest town being Bryce. Parking for motorhomes is available at the visitor centre and at various viewpoints throughout the park. It's advisable to arrive early, especially during peak seasons, to secure parking.

Hiking Explore trails like the Navajo Loop and Queen's Garden to immerse in the park's surreal landscape.

Scenic Drives The 18-mile scenic drive along the park's main road offers numerous overlooks to view the hoodoos.

Stargazing Bryce Canyon is one of the best places in the US to stargaze, thanks to its clear skies and high elevation.

Horseback Riding Experience the park's beauty on horseback with guided tours available.

North Campground and Sunset Campground offer spaces for motorhomes, with nearby Ruby's Inn RV Park and Campground providing additional facilities.

The park is home to over 400 plant species and a variety of wildlife, including pronghorn, mountain lions, and a diverse bird population.

Despite its name, Bryce Canyon is not a canyon but a collection of giant natural amphitheatres.

Sunrise and sunset are magical times to view the hoodoos, as the light creates a stunning palette of colours.

Booking campgrounds in advance is highly recommended, especially during summer.

Trails can be slippery, especially at higher elevations, so proper footwear is essential.

Be prepared for sudden weather changes due to the park's high altitude.

Inspiration Point

Inspiration Point (pictured above) and Bryce Point offer panoramic views and are excellent spots for photography.

Thor's Hammer and the Wall of Windows are iconic formations that make for great photo subjects.

Jacob Hamblin Arch

Explore the scenic byways of Scenic Byway 12 and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument near Bryce Canyon.

Discover the Jacob Hamblin Arch (pictured above) in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

In Summary...

These parks showcase the stunning geological diversity of the American Southwest. The Grand Canyon, a vast chasm carved by the Colorado River, offers breathtaking views and hiking trails for all levels. Zion National Park is known for its towering sandstone cliffs, narrow canyons, and lush vegetation. Bryce Canyon National Park is home to thousands of hoodoos - tall, thin spires of rock formed by erosion. You can visit these National Parks on our America's National Parks independent motorhome tour.